Area Produce Stands Connect Local Farms With Community
The Cee-Dee Acres produce stand- just before the Wednesday rush hour- on Church Street. (City-Times photo)
By Joel Murrilo
Despite a fairly dry summer, area roadside stands continue a longtime tradition of bringing fresh produce to consumers from underneath tents on busy thoroughfares in the metro area.
The Dulske Family owns Cee-Dee Acres, located in Buena Vista, for generations and sells produce in both Stevens Point and Plover. The youngest generation of the family operates the stands during the summer months.
“All of us that work here have worked out in those fields,” said granddaughter Kaitlyn Ott, who has worked at the stand for 9 years. “This stand is our everything.”
Ott added sweet corn was the most sought-after item by customers. She says she sees regular customers return to the seasonal stand each year.
“In a way we’ve kind of become one big family,” she said. “We want to provide the best for them.”
The Cee-Dee stands offer season vegetables and fruits, along with various preservers canned by the family.
The concept of community is just as strong with Flyte Family Farm, which operates its own produce stand on Post Road in Plover. That farm is based in Coloma.
“We offer good, fresh produce which is real food and not processed,” said Arlene Harris, an employee of the Flyte Family Farm. “It’s a healthy way to live.”
Flyte Family Farm specialized in hydroponics- a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions and water but without soil. Harris said melon fruit is among the most popular among their customers.
“They (kids) always want a watermelon,” she said. “Older people like the muskmelon.”
Harris also said she values the community’s support for locally grown food, saying produce stands in general could not exist without the help of customers, so the service should show how much that support means.
“We want it (the stand) clean and neat so you feel comfortable with the produce,” Harris said. “We’ll help you in any way we can; if you buy two watermelons we’ll help you carry them to the car.”
The produce stands are open through the fall. For more information go to http://www.cee-deeacres.com/ or http://www.flytefamilyfarm.com.